HOW TO LEARN KITEFOIL
BRUNO SROKA TIPS, 3x WORLD CHAMPION IN KITESURF :
To begin in foil, choose a plan of water as flat as possible, between 10 and 15 knots of wind. Add 5 meters of line to your standard line length because the longer your lines are, the more the power will be constant in the wing, contrary to the short lines which mean fast and jerky movements.
Ideally, slightly go under-power and use the wing to get up on the board, then keep the board flat on the water, the goal is to generate speed by moving up-down the wing. Keep your center of gravity above the board and the foil to avoid generating unwanted movements. Do not lean on the back leg to try to rise the foil but rather load on the front leg to counter it. By accelerating and taking more horizontal speed, the foil will rise by itself. Always remember to re-load on the front leg. At first, it is better to make the foil touch every 15 meters, it will allow you to integrate this vertical dimension. The more you practice, the longer you will fly.
For safety reasons, avoid starting with offshore wind and going over power. Don’t start in a crowded place, it’s better to choose a spot where there are just a few kitesurfers and be careful to stay away from the swimmers. The foil requires vigilance, never forget that from the moment you feel tired, it is better to stop not to lose your cautiousness.